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The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker

This book worked on so many different levels. It’s a great example of fantasy that transcends the genre, ultimately telling a story of immigrants in turn of the century New York who are struggling to fit in. 666 more words

Highly Recommended

life drawing

If you’re looking for a good book–a sure thing, a book you can sink down into and a world you can get lost in–you’re in luck. 588 more words

Craft Of Writing

"Lacey's house" by Joanne Graham

A beautifully written, well crafted, debut “Lacey’s house” is a novel told in two voices.  Alternate chapters introduce us to Rachel — a young, single, and solitary artist who has just miscarried — and Lacey, an elderly women with a horrific past who is shunned socially.   397 more words

Book Reviews

How to Create Energy in Dialogue with Summary

Dialogue is not the same as real-life conversation. While this isn’t exactly news to anyone who’s tried to write a story or novel, it’s something we often forget. 1,323 more words

Creative Writing Prompts

Weekly Lines: A Write Disappointment

This week I’ve read a few articles about the unexpected reception we get for things we’ve created or things we’ve done to our appearance. Two of the articles are about writing, and one is about how a woman’s tattoo became a conversation piece. 602 more words


The Girl in the Road by Monica Byrne

This book was so different from anything I’ve read lately. It’s near-future science fiction set in India and Africa, and written in a really lyrical way. 727 more words